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Marvin Jones | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 198
College: California
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 5 (166) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Marvin Jones had a strong offseason.
"He's really had a good spring. This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start he had last year," said Caldwell. Jones worked with Randy Moss this offseason to improve his route running. An outright bust after last year's white-hot Weeks 1-3, Jones' Average Draft Position has dipped into the double-digit rounds. He's certainly flier worthy there. Jun 24 - 5:11 PM

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Marvin Jones said he worked out with Randy Moss this offseason.

"I was getting a lot of insight in terms of what I wanted to focus on," Jones said, listing lower-body strength, yards after catch, and route running as areas of focus. "So there’s a lot of things I got from him, us being on the field for two hours (at a time) that’s been good." Despite a scorching start, Jones' first season in Detroit was a disappointment. Working out with someone like Moss certainly will not hurt, but there is still not much reason to expect a breakout.
Jun 15 - 8:24 AM

Speaking about his 2016, Marvin Jones said "in terms of my standards, it wasn't good at all."

408 of Jones' 930 yards came in his first three games. "When you look at how I started, you wouldn't think it would end this way," Jones said. "Obviously, I had some uncharacteristic drops here and there and early on. I never had a season like this. I don't know what to say." Jones is still only 27 (in March), but he's now looked like more of a role player than No. 1 receiver with two different teams/quarterbacks. There's no real reason to expect a major 2017 leap.
Jan 10 - 6:58 PM

Marvin Jones hauled in 4-of-7 targets for 81 yards in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

Jones got deep for a 30-yard grab late in the first half, but he dropped what should have been a big play when the game was still in doubt in the third quarter. The up-and-down performance was a microcosm of his season, which started with 482 yards in the first four games but finished with just five games, including this one, of more than 50 yards over his final 12. Two of those came in the final two weeks, however, and he saw at least seven targets in his final three games. Perhaps the disappointing season has taught Jones how to deal with the rigors of being the "No. 1" receiver, but he will be nothing more than an upside WR3 in fantasy drafts next summer.
Jan 8 - 12:13 AM

Marvin Jones caught 5-of-9 passes for 76 yards in Week 17.

It's his best game since Week 7. Jones faded badly in the second half after his hot start. He should be avoided for a matchup with Seattle in the Wild Card round.
Jan 2 - 12:31 AM

Marvin Jones caught 1-of-7 targets for 16 yards in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

The seven targets were second-most on the team, but Jones continues to struggle to post numbers. He can't seem to handle press coverage. Jones' lone catch was an impressive one on the right sideline, setting Detroit up at the one-yard line. Matthew Stafford scored on a sneak four plays later. Jones can't be trusted as a WR3 next week against Green Bay, even after he shredded the Packers for a 6-205-2 line back in Week 3. Jones hasn't had a 100-yard game since.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:32:00 AM

Marvin Jones caught 3-of-5 targets for 41 yards in the Lions' Week 15 loss to the Giants.

Jones didn't do anything in the first half, failing to see a single target until after the break. His first catch showed nice ball skills, as Jones was able to make a sliding grab, but that was about it for him. Jones hasn't had a 100-yard game since Week 3 and has settled in as a 3-5 catch player ahead of a Week 16 road date with the Cowboys. He'll be a mere WR4 in that big game.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Marvin Jones caught 4-of-5 targets for 67 yards in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bears.

The good news is Jones looked healthy, ripping off a 48-yard bomb in the second quarter. The bad news is his target total was doubled by Golden Tate, who has become Matthew Stafford's go-to receiver between the twenties, while Anquan Boldin is the go-to guy in scoring position. Set to face a tough Giants pass defense next, Jones will be a fringe WR3 play in that game.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:22:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Marvin Jones (quad) is expected to play Week 14 against the Bears.

Jones looked to be on track after practicing all week. Even though he will play, Jones has topped 60 yards once since Week 4 and has not scored since Week 6. Against an underrated secondary, he is nothing more than a dart-throw WR4.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:50:00 AM

Marvin Jones (quad) is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Bears.

Jones took last week off, but he is due back against Chicago. Beat writers have been increasingly confident about his status. Jones is a fringe WR3, and probably best viewed as a WR4 considering his lack of production the past two months.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Marvin Jones (quad) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

He sat out last week's game with a quad injury but has a much better chance to suit up Sunday against the Bears. Jones hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 6 and won't be more than a back-end WR3 in Week 14.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Marvin Jones (quad) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Jones sat out Sunday's game with a thigh injury. Even when healthy, Jones has been a non-factor for almost two months. If he does return this week, it would probably be a slight downgrade for Golden Tate, Eric Ebron and perhaps Anquan Boldin.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:18:00 PM

Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) is inactive for Week 13 against the Saints.

Andre Roberts will slide into three-receiver sets, but it's Anquan Boldin and Eric Ebron who should see the biggest benefit. Also inactive for the Lions are LB DeAndre Levy, LB Tahir Whitehead, OL Joe Dahl, OT Cornelius Lucas, QB Jake Rudock and S Don Carey. Jones should be back in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:32:00 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions are going to test Marvin Jones (thigh, questionable) in pregame warmups before deciding on his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously called Jones a "long-shot to play" but the Lions are leaving the door open just a crack. Per Schefter, Jones "looked better" at Friday's practice, which has given Detroit reason for optimism. The Lions play at 1 PM ET on Sunday, so we'll know his status in a couple of hours. His absence would be a boost to Golden Tate, Eric Ebron and even Anquan Boldin.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 09:09:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Marvin Jones is "a long-shot to play" Week 13 against the Saints.

According to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, Jones "moved cautiously while taking sporadic reps" at Friday's practice, so this report is anything but a surprise. With Jones likely to sit, Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin, and Eric Ebron should take on bigger roles in the passing game.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:23:00 AM

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